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Local dance company means business

Local dance company members of Tees Valley Dance have been awarded DigitalCity Fellowships from the University.

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The fellowship supports the start up of a new digital business. The company will be acting upon the success of their dance teacher training programme Classroom Moves and developing a new generation digital teaching tool for teachers to deliver dance in their classroom.

Artistic Director, Kristine Sommerlade said: 'The fellowship will allow us to research and develop a prototype to then sell in the education sector. It is very unusual for a dance company to go in this direction but we hope that we will be pioneers in a climate where arts charities like ours can no longer rely on government funding and need to be innovative in the way we generate income.

'The new company will be a trading arm of the charity and we are very excited to have received this award and are looking forward to getting our teeth into our new business'.

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Tees Valley Dance members have teamed up with digital experts Guy Schofield, Joseph Scully and Kim vom Kothen to create the new company: 'We are combining experts in movement and dance teaching with digital programmers and games designers so we can create a user friendly and innovative new way to train teachers to teach movement activity and get children more active during the school day,' said Heather Walker, Company Manager.

  • Tees Valley Dance, based at Arc in Stockton on Tees, is a company of dancers, choreographers, visual artists, musicians, composers and arts managers from across Europe.
  • The DigitalCity initiative is a partnership between the University and Middlesbrough Council which has received almost £15m from One NorthEast since its launch in 2005. Core to DigitalCity is the emerging BOHO Zone, a creative area in the centre of Middlesbrough which aims to hothouse fledging creative digital businesses.

08 July 2008

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